How to Eradicate Honeysuckle Vines


The honeysuckle is often a treasured vine because of its sweet-smelling blooms that adorn it in spring and summer. Several types of honeysuckle vines exist, the most common being the Japanese honeysuckle. No matter which kind you have, it sometimes can overtake an area and consume a garden or yard if not properly pruned and controlled. If you want to eradicate--or get rid of--your honeysuckle vine, the best time to do so is in late summer after it is finished blooming.

Step 1

Pull the vine away from anything that it has affixed itself to and use clippers to cut it back to the ground as much as possible. You can also use a weed whacker. For low-growing vines, mowing it is often effective.

Step 2

Spray any remaining vegetation with an undiluted herbicide concentrate such as Roundup that contains between 41 to 53.8 percent of the chemical glyphosate.

Step 3

Treat new sprouts when they appear with a herbicide labeled as a 5 percent solution of glyphosate. Mix in a surfactant so the herbicide adheres better to the sprouts. Usually, a teaspoon or less is added; however, always follow manufacturer dosing and application instructions.

Step 4

Reapply whenever you see new sprouts. Eventually the honeysuckle vine will starve and die.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers
  • Weed whacker
  • Mower
  • Herbicide
  • Surfactant


  • North Carolina State University: Japanese Honeysuckle
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